If you know someone who is living with Alzheimer's, it’s comforting to know that businesses like Priceline care. The Priceline Sisterhood Foundation’s Alzheimer’s campaign raises funds for Alzheimer’s Australia to help support the more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia and the estimated 1.2 million people who care for them. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, which is the second leading cause of death in Australia after heart disease and the most common form of dementia. Also, there is a link between dementia and diabetes, with research showing than even mild insulin resistance is associated with lower cerebral glucose metabolism, especially in areas of the brain related to memory and the ability to organise and plan.
For Glenys Petrie and her partner John Quinn, who has younger onset dementia, calling the National Dementia Helpline was a turning point. “We had been to a GP because I wanted a referral to a social worker as we were not coping as a family,” says Glenys. “Instead, we walked out with a referral to a marriage guidance counselor.” Following a light-bulb moment, Glenys contacted Alzheimer’s Australia. “We had access to workshops, we had support and we had a phone number that we could ring.”
Along with maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, not smoking and limiting your alcohol intake, having fun by playing games and learning new skills may help slow memory loss. Try taking dance classes, learning a music instrument or a second language, and play some games with the kids or grandkids.